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He won the Sony Open in January and then revealed that he had overcome his problems with alcohol.

Grayson Murray dies after withdrawing from the Charles Schwab Challenge on Friday

Grayson Murray © PGA Tour
Grayson Murray © PGA Tour

Grayson Murray, a two-time winner of the PGA Tour who has had issues with alcohol and depression in the past, has passed away, according to officials from the PGA Tour. Murray played the first round and part of the second at this week’s Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club, but withdrew from the event after 16 holes on Friday citing illness. He had shot 68 on Thursday and was +5 for the day with two holes left on Friday, three over par in total. In other words, he was in the fight to make the cut, which was finally set at +2. Moreover, he had just made the cut at the PGA and finished with a great round of 67 strokes and was tenth at the Wells Fargo Championship. He was ranked 58th in the world.

The cause of death has not been reported, but Jay Monahan, commissioner of the PGA Tour, issued a statement to the tour’s workers and players indicating that grief counselors were available to everyone. The tournament will continue as planned.

Murray attended Wake Forest University, East Caroline and Arizona State as an amateur and later, as a professional, won the Barbasol Championship in 2017 and the Sony Open earlier this year in Hawaii.

“We are devastated to learn -and our hearts break to share- that PGA Tour player Grayson Murray passed away this morning,” Monahan said in his note. “I have no words. The PGA Tour is a family and when you lose a member of your family you are never the same. We mourn for Grayson and pray for the comfort of his loved ones. I reached out to Grayson’s parents to offer our deepest condolences and during the conversation they asked us to continue playing tournaments. They insisted that Grayson would want us to do so. As hard as it is, we want to respect their wishes. The PGA Tour has grief counselors at the tournament, as well as virtually for those not on the field. I am on my way to Fort Worth and will share more information when we can.”

After winning three consecutive IMG Junior World titles, he became the second youngest player to make the cut at a Korn Ferry Tour event, at the age of 16. He also played in the 2013 US Open at Merion as an amateur, the year Justin Rose claimed victory.

Murray was always a great promise of golf. He claimed to have won the Barbasol in 2017 despite having drunk alcohol during the tournament week. Indeed, in January he admitted that he played three days with a hangover that week seven years ago.

“The best and worst thing that happened to me was winning in my rookie year,” he said. “I think alcohol brought out a side of me that wasn’t me. In a way it was the monster inside me.”

But the initial success proved to be fleeting. He struggled to make the cuts and admitted he was jealous of the players he grew up competing with who were more successful. Along the way, he got into a Twitter fight with another player, had a motorcycle accident in 2022 in Bermuda and threatened to quit golf on several occasions. Murray also dealt with anxiety and depression and said there were days when he didn’t want to get out of bed.

“I thought I was a failure,” he said. “I thought I had so much talent that was nothing more than a waste of talent.”

However, it seemed that his life had taken a turn, as Murray had quit alcohol in 2023. “It was by choice,” he said after winning the Sony Open. “It was time.” He regained his exempt status on the PGA Tour after winning twice on the Korn Ferry Tour last year and set out to treat his return to the Majors as a fresh start.

A native of Raleigh, North Carolina, Murray said he was treating the 2024 season as if it were his rookie year again. “I was young and thought I was invincible. I wasn’t doing the right thing off the field to really give myself the best chance of success here,” he said. “My scooter accident in Bermuda was really a low point in my life. Obviously, I’ve talked a lot about alcohol consumption in the past. Now I’ve been sober for over eight months. I have a beautiful girlfriend who I love very much and who supports me, and my parents support me a lot.”

Murray caused a sensation on social media in 2021 when he revealed his problems that, he said, had led him to become an alcoholic. Murray claimed he was under PGA Tour surveillance after getting drunk at a hotel bar in Hawaii despite not causing “any scene”. He also expressed his disappointment that the Tour did not help him deal with his alcohol problem.